Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)

Shutter_IslandAt his core, in his soul, Scorsese is a genre filmmaker, and from that perspective, Shutter Island is the perfect Scorsese vehicle, as it allows him to take a well-worn genre (the psychological thriller with a crucial narrative twist) and remake it to his own strengths, which in this case involves atmosphere, tension, paranoia, and guilt, guilt, and more guilt. He plays the material with a precise mixture of Hitchcockian suspense and Buñuelian surrealism, elevating what could have been a rote bit of narrative trickery into something not quite profound, but intensely engaging and quite moving. (Starplex 16, Waco, TX)